Sunday, 30 December 2012

CD Sunday - Think of a Number

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.  Fun and festivities with friends and family and lots of good food. I had a great time with my sister and nephew and his lovely wife. A bonus as at one time I wasn't sure if I would be able to join them.

As we are coming to the end of yet another year my choice of the theme -  'Think of a Number' - seemed appropriate.  This is what I have chosen to reflect in my card.

The stitch pattern came from here - and the background card from a Christmas CD from the  - Carol Ann's Studio range.
I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.  I am looking forward to another year of exciting and interesting themes, and much blog hopping.
Carol x

Sunday, 23 December 2012

CD Sunday - All about Birthdays

Good morning Bloggers.  It will be a good morning for me if I have managed to get away to spend Christmas with my sister.  I am scheduling this week and next weeks posting as anything could be happening.  My run up to Christmas has been littered with fraught medical appts and cancelled arrangements.  One party, one dinner out, one workshop, one physio appt and if my GP hasn't passed me 'fittish' - one Christmas.  I followed a severe and heavy cold and sore throat with an attack of Cellulitis.  All just in case 2012 hadn't been enough of a ****** (fill in the blanks) year for me already.

I enjoyed all the Teddies when I managed to have a look.  Please excuse my lack of comments.  I seem to have said that a few times this year. It is a good job my fellow teamies are so kind and supportive.

Our theme this week has been chosen by Christine and for this one I went back to parchment:

The image pattern is by Anne Quinn and the CD used for the border pattern and sentiment is by Florence Holmes - 'Say it with Flowers and Lace'.
Followers of my Blog will know that I really dislike using felt tip pens for colouring on parchment.  Many 'parchers' are very successful with this medium but not me.  But on this occasion I used some new pens I had bought - Docrafts Artiste Dual-Tip Brush Markers.  I used them on the back of the parchment and found that they went on very smoothly and strongly without leaving lines.

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and I will see you next week.

p.s. Update.  I made it to Bristol.  My GP agreed that I could go so my sister dashed up the M4 and kidnapped me.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

CD Sunday - Teddy Bears

 A great selection of 'Frosty' cards last week - thank you.  My own 'Frosty Snowman' is now wending it's way North.  A good friend admired it on here so it is on it's way to you Joyce.

Wendy P  (Purple Wendy) has chosen this weeks theme of Teddy Bears.  I don't think we ever lose our love of  our Teddies.  I  have one on my bed which was a gift from friends.  They had asked me what I would like them to bring me back from the States and I said Harrison Ford.  I was disappointed on seeing them come through customs without the said gentleman but they did bring me a gorgeous teddy  instead.  Guess what he is called.

For my card I used Joanna Sheen's  - Jayne Netley Mayhew CD 1

For the sentiment I used die cuts but I can't remember the make.
During the recovery from my broken arm I have had to abandon the use of my Grand Calibur.  It just hurts too much trying to exert the pressure needed to hold the machine down on the work surface. I have found the 'sucker' almost useless.  I have though invested in a Big Shot and have been really impressed with how solid and steady it is and can do most work almost one handed or with a much lighter touch.  I have lent out the GC on a semi permanent loan until I decide if I will ever be able to use it again.  I don't do enough A4 work at the moment  to worry about the smaller capacity of the Big Shot.

I look forward to seeing all those teddies and perhaps reading about the ones you still have or own up to having.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

CD Sunday - Frosty Days

The weekends seem to come round too quickly at this time of the year when we are all so busy.  It certainly doesn't seem a week since I was last posting for our Challenge.  I loved all the Christmas Trees last week and this week's challenge is going to help again with those Christmas cards.
I have gone back to parchment for this one. I bought the large Woodware stamp of a jolly snowman when I was at the Sandown Show.  I stamped it out onto a piece of card and used it as a pattern to trace on parchment and then decided what pricking and embossing patterns I was going use.  The stamp itself seems  to be on a patchwork theme so I continued with that thought.

I added a little colour to the Robins, holly and buttons , and then created a border with corner snowflakes.  The snowflake backing card is from a Robert Addams CD - Christmas Backing Papers.

I hope you like my interpretation of our theme and your comments are always appreciated.  I will see you on your Blogs in my travels.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Workshop Wonder - Part 2

I have now finished the second of our two projects started at  our last visit of the year to the New Forest for Judith's workshop.  I managed to use the time at our monthly parchment workshop at The Art of Craft this afternoon to add the finishing touches to :

I think that this project must rank as my favourite of all the ones we have done with Judith.  There were 14 of us at this session and we ended up with 14 different coloured heads of hair.  We were asked  to choose just 3 browns and a black from our pencil box.  The browns had to be a pale, a dark and one in the middle and of course with us all choosing different colours it was amazing to see the results.  We had auburn, almost blonde, chestnut etc. It was a totally absorbing exercise and I loved every minute of it.
I have not followed Judith's pattern to the letter - which is in fact a Christmas card due for publication next year.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

CD Sunday - Oh Christmas tree

Good morning one and all.  What a great theme Caz has chosen for the start of December.
The start of a  new week, a new month,  a new Guest designer  and we have  a  great sponsor - The Art of Craft.  What a lot in one sentence.
Thank you so much Pauline for your wonderful cards last month and welcome to Linby who is our GDT for December.

The Art of Craft is my local store or as I prefer to call it  - Aladdins Cave.  If you ever get to North Camp in Hampshire please call - you won't be disappointed.  It is where I go for my parchment lessons and workshops and shopping and chat etc, etc.  Jane - owner - is giving a £10.00 voucher as the prize for the lucky drawn winner.

Here is my card:

I used Robert Addams - Christmas Backing Papers CD for the snowflake 'card' and the word mat.
The stitch card pattern came from 'Stitching Cards' and the coloured parchment, mirri card and threads were all from The Art of Craft.
I look foward to seeing some glorious Christmas Trees.